Let's be honest: It's hard to wear red, white and blue without looking like a walking American flag.

We're all for patriotism, especially come this July 4 weekend, but there's a fine line between fashion-forward festivity and just straight-up costume. So how do we celebrate our nation's birthday without being quite so literal? We turn to the stars for inspiration.

Whether you want to dabble or immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, here's how to do it at every level.

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Color Coded
Red, white and blue all over? You're Betsy Ross' dream realized. For the modern-day gal, keep things simple with a single-tone ensemble in white or America's favorite primary colors. While the denim-on-denim look may be affectionately dubbed the Canadian tuxedo, it's as American as fashion trends come. And an all-white getup is seasonally appropriate and ever-so-chic—just don't forget to complement the look with blue or red structured accessories like Emmy Rossum or Bella Thorne.

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Master of Motifs
For the patriot who wants to delve a little deeper, incorporate the country's greatest symbols into your outfit with super-simple staple pieces. The trick is to pick one motif and let it shine. For instance, Jenna Dewan is all stars but no stripes—and vice versa for Kate Bosworth. You can even incorporate other symbols prevalent in American history: eagles, architecture, etc. For instance, at Coachella this year, Kendall Jenner was all Americana style in a Western-glam cowgirl ensemble.

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Grand Ol' Flag
It's time to let your American flag fly! Follow in Taylor Swift and Beyoncé's footsteps by bringing a fresh appeal to the good ol' stars and stripes with muted colors or a graphic tee or tank. If a head-to-toe star-printed outfit is in the works, keep the proportions balanced and streamlined with modern design details like cutouts or paneling. You wear flag-inspired symbolism; it doesn't wear you. When in doubt, top it off with a classic red lip. Happy Fourth!

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